Yearly Archives: 2013

Potato Digging and Bonfires

It was the last day of September. The sun was shining and I had some free time; what better than to spend it catching up with more work on the allotment. I discovered that my shed had been used by

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My Allotment – Brassicas and Leeks

I swear that the cabbage white butterflies followed me from home to the allotment. I had never seen one there before, but no sooner had I unloaded my trays of brassicas from the van and taken them to the allotment;

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The Historic Gardener at Wallington. May 2013

I presented my Roman Gardener display at Wallington Hall in Northumbria, over the Bank Holiday. The display shows Roman gardening tools, plants and related items. I also show the use of plants for medicine, dyes and clothing.

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MY ALLOTMENT- SCYTHING THE GRASS

I have been away at Wallington with my roman display, so I had little chance to do much on my allotment for the week before; other than to check it and notice that the grass and weeds were growing around

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MORE ON THE ALLOTMENT

Having dug the allotment plot over, I have left it to dry out for a few days. The weather has been glorious this week and the sun has dried out the soil very well. A little too well in act,

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MY NEW ALLOTMENT

I have JUST started work on my new allotment. It is Denton, Northamptonshire, the village I lived in for many years when I was younger. I seem to have drawn the short straw and have a plot at the bottom

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More TV Plant Errors

Another TV plant error. During Endeavour, the prequel to Morse, somebody mentioned that a person had been killed using digitoxin. ‘Ah. belladonna’, somebody else said. Wrong. Digitoxin, hardly surprisingly, derives from Digitalis, the foxglove. Belladonna is used to extract atropine.

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